Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Programme

The Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Programme provides a mechanism for effectively communicating information and scientific expertise to governments and intergovernmental processes related to forests and trees. The core of the Programme are objective and independent scientific assessments of key issues of high concern, supporting more informed decision-making at the regional and global level.


The Programme is designed to consolidate available information and expertise of interdisciplinary fields, focusing on forest related issues. This information is communicated in a concise way, including peer-reviewed scientific assessments, policy briefs and stakeholder events. The Programme consists of different work areas, including the Global Forest Expert Panels initiative, follow-up studies and regional activities.

Global assessments, conducted by interdisciplinary Panels uniting leading scientists from around the world, are the foundation of the GFEP initiative. Following the successful completion of thematic reports on Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change, International Forest Governance, Biodiversity, Forest Management, and REDD+, Forests and Food Security, Illegal Timber Trade, and Forests and Water, IUFRO initiated a new GFEP study on Forests and Poverty, which will be completed in September 2020.  

Within the Programmes’ work area on follow-up studies, global assessments are being reviewed and published illustrating new data and developments. The follow-up studies follow a similar scheme as the Global Forest Expert Panels initiative, bringing together leading scientists from around the globe and representing a diversity and balance of research foci, geographical representation and gender. The first follow-up study will be launched in 2021.

The regional activities of IUFRO’s GFEP Programme kicked off in 2010 with the launch of a regional policy brief on Making African forests fit for climate change. Following this first initiative, the Programme is organizing regional workshops, stakeholder meetings and regional publications.